Workshop – Prosthetic Limb


Students will learn about prosthesis in the context of humanitarian engineering, based on the work of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in Cambodia. They will be introduced to the structure of the human leg, and will then use provided materials to make their own prosthetic limb. Prosthetics will be tested by students themselves – one representative from each group must try to walk a distance of 4m with the prosthetic attached, and the result is timed.

Venue/Classroom Requirements

  • Tables – set up for groups of 4-8 students
  • Must be able to clear out a 4m clearway for students to be able to safely test their prosthetic designs
  • Projector for PowerPoint presentation (if possible: the workshop can be run without a projector if required)

Workshop Length

  • Ideal: 60-90 minutes
  • Minimum: 40 minutes
  • Maximum: 120 minutes

Number of Students

  • Ideal: 20-30 students
  • Minimum: 5 students
  • Maximum: 50 students